Paul E. Vallely, major general, retired, U.S. Army, is chairman of Stand Up America. He has a distinguished military career of 32 years, serving in many overseas theaters including Europe and the Pacific Rim countries as well as two combat tours in Vietnam. The general has been a military analyst on television and radio for several years.More ↓Less ↑
Yes, America, you are watching while Washington attempts to right itself, well at least in a political fashion. Mr. Obama and his progressive-socialist supporters/followers, union thugs and ardent admirers are self-destructing from ineptitude but are not giving up on fundamentally changing America.
What does a country and its citizens do as their nation continues to decline in power, financial stability and the security of its people? At this time, we do not have the leadership to right our ship in time to save the republic from severe damage it appears. Mr. Obama, the great reader/orator, as was evidenced by his jobs bill speech this week, continues to show his socialist agenda of spending the American peoples’ money first and misleading our country down a path of continual destruction, instead of curtailing the cancerous cause of over-spending, rabid regulations and class warfare. Instead of working to uphold his oath, he chose to set up a straw man in the person of the House of Representatives, specifically, the Republicans and the Tea Party Caucus. His message is, and has always been, do as I like, or we will crucify you with labels and crass abasement. We’ll get you “son of a b—–es.”
Mr. Obama chose to use the sacredness of giving a speech to a Joint Session of Congress to kick off his 2012 campaign for re-election in the vein of never letting a serious crisis go to waste. Yes, joblessness and fear is at all-time highs, but even the mainstream media see the obvious political advantage he seeks. That privilege is just another example of using his “bully pulpit” for personal gain and the advancement of his agenda FIRST, proving his fealty to something other than America itself. Instead, he chose to make a mockery of our system once again. He even said he would take his message across the land for the next 14 months – all the while castigating Congress for only seeking re-election – and not working to fix America by helping re-create an environment to help job-creators do just that. Congress, the president and federal officials do not create jobs; entrepreneurs do! Unless it’s another union, public-sector job!
Meanwhile, al-Qaida and the perverted radical Islamists here and abroad are playing out their moves very judiciously, and both al-Qaida/jihadists and Mr. Obama fully understand the domino effect of radical Islam, the caliphate and jihad. Threats in recent days building up to the 9/11 remembrance, coupled with such avarice and narcissistic political gamesmanship, are creating a vortex where the country is now in a flat-spin to destruction, as my good friend USAF Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney would say!
The United States finds itself languishing in the “Sea of Ambiguity” because of a lack of vision, wisdom, common sense and courage of our elected and appointed leaders – or a clear agenda to do harm. We have a president in the White House, a National Security Council, State Department under Hillary Clinton and the Defense Department that seem to be as “clueless” as ever in forward strategic thinking. Why?
Why are there no serious initiatives on the part of countries outside of the Middle East other than to destroy Israel, the United States and the Western Christian-Judeo world as we have known it? Iran continues to stir the pot unmolested and no longer hesitates to state publicly that its forward defense line now passes through “Lebanon and Palestine.”
In practice, the Lebanese-Israeli border is in fact Israel’s border with Iran.
Let us not skip over the importance of Lebanon. Israel is now tightly surrounded by a well-organized radical Islamic effort, akin to the pre-1967 war status or worse. Enemies became peaceful neighbors, and now those peaceful neighbors are no more, thanks to the “Arab Spring.” The series of events in Egypt and the turmoil of the Middle East may be the pathway to nuclear confrontation.
A warning to our generals and admirals: Reposition our forces now for future events or we shall all suffer – not if, but when! Do not be misled by the political leaders as we were in Vietnam. Your duty is to the Constitution and the American People, first and foremost. Never say we are withdrawing our forces, instead seek to say “VICTORY.” As accomplished generals and admirals, you must reposition our forces to protect and secure America for today and tomorrow, now.
Stop this futile and wasteful “nation building” exercise in the Middle East. As I was told by a confidant years ago, a Lebanese colonel: “Never commit large land forces and develop bases in the Middle East,” for the Middle East is a giant sponge that will soak and absorb all your human and financial resources. If enemies and threats reside in the Middle East, use U.S. Joint Strike Forces and proxy forces only! Develop actionable intelligence, and destroy or neutralize the enemy from friendly “Lily Pads” and return to home base more safely.
We cannot permit the current leaders in the White House, the halls of Congress and many judicial courts to continue in their efforts to lead us down this road of progressive socialism and chaos.
President Obama, his appointees and czars must be replaced immediately.
This is the current battle that we constitutionalists, face and we must be aggressive in our efforts. We must adhere to our Constitution. Obama will continue to bypass Congress and the people in his progressive agenda because that is who he is and that is what he believes he has the power to do. Congress, you must stand tall for the American people and enjoin the Supreme Court to halt executive-branch violations of the law and our Constitution.
Incompetence, treason, corruption and dishonesty of officials now come into play as these relate to our national security and economy, and are the rationale for demanding resignations and a change of government.
My emphasis is a continued plea for Americans to demand resignation of these officials. We are at a point that if resignations and a new congressional makeup do not change the direction of the country, then we must precede to impeachment and a serious transfer of power at the highest levels of government.
Lincoln issued this warning in his inaugural address:
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one. This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.”
We are a representative republic, not a democracy, where “rising up” means other than revolution by use of arms; the people must “rise up” now (“Stand Up,” as we say now). Rise from the grass roots across this great country as we think of the greater good of this and future generations. We are limited in the peaceful transfer of power – resignation, elections and impeachment – but these high bars must be overcome.
The Obama White House and identifiable members of Congress are now on a treasonous death march and are bankrupting the country beyond expectations. We have watched them violate their sacred oath of office. “We, the People” cannot necessarily wait for the next round of elections. It is now that many of these public servants (and you know who they are) must put the people and the country’s interests above self-interest by resigning immediately. A civil uprising is still not out of the question as “pain” grips the country more each day. We are in a battle for the survival of the United States. This means raising your voice now to your neighbors, family, co-workers and friends. Grass-roots efforts have begun; it is now time to put this effort into overdrive. America, stand tall together and we will weather the storm – but we must act now!